So after recovering from previous foot surgery back in 2012, I am at it again with a operation on my right foot. Back in 2013 I started to get severe pain underneath my right 4th metatarsal head. I tried everything non surgical
- Orthotics x 2
- I visited 2 orthopaedic surgeons here in Brisbane and both told me there was nothing wrong.
I then visited Dr Steven Hatcher of QCOS at The Wesley Hospital QCOS . Thats Australia for all you non aussies. At the consult Dr Hatcher asked all the normal questions and scans etc. He sent me for a X-ray and rang me saying that the 4th metatarsal head on my right foot appears to be lower than the others. Dr Hatcher had mentioned a possible fix which was a BRT osteotomy BRT .
This involves cutting open the foot full length, cutting a V wedge of bone out and screwing it together to lift the head. Sounds easy right…..
Needless to say as this was frightening I left it and tried to put up with the pain. Oh god the pain…..anyone that is active and then has foot pain knows what I mean. My then spouse (now divorced) wouldn’t allow me to have surgery (long story).
Anyway I finally had enough and decided that as the pain was impacting on my everyday life and quality I would go ahead.
On Tuesday the 5th April 2016 I went in for surgery. I was advised that I would not be able to weight bear or drive for six weeks minimum. After that it was a wait and see if it works.
I wished the driver could play Rise of the Valkyries to pump me up as I felt very nervous. Arrived and the usual check in like boarding a plane. Dressed into the sexy paper underwear and gown, no high end fashion here.
A hour later I’m the fresh meat on the table with faces covered and gowned up. Then out bang. Im not sure what time I woke upbut was discharged and don’t recall the taxi ride home.
Its crutches time and lucidly where I stay is small. I used Endone for the first 4 days but that gave me constipation. Otherwise Panadol.
Its day 5, I’m stir crazy.I cannot drive and no one to speak with. I have had some lovely calls from friends and friends i didn’t know I had which is great. How I will survive 6 weeks plus I don’t know.
Today is not so good, pain is high and I have come down with something. I have hot and cold flushes. Ache all over and generally feel like crap. Foot throbs and there isn’t much on TV and I have back issues so life is great.
I am not in a position to say go for the surgery but if you are like me and have been told suck it up maybe get a few opinions.
I will continue to post in case this it helps others.
Wednesday 13th April
Back again all, had set back on Sunday I went to the emergency room where I thought the foot was infected. Appears I had a virus. Its been a week post surgery and I’m in a fair bit of pain. It changes during the day and find the lack of mobility etc to be so very mentally frustrating. I am very blessed to have a good friend who comes over to visit every few days.